Man with ties to Saskatchewan dies in Ghana
Darrell Prokopetz died after being found unconscious at his hotel in Ghana on Jan. 30. (LinkedIn)
Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013 3:41PM CST
A man with Saskatchewan ties has died in Ghana after being found unconscious at his hotel.
Darrell Prokopetz, 54, died after being rushed to hospital after he failed to show up for a meeting with two work colleagues, said a family member who asked not to be identified.
Prokopetz was a project director with the Canada School of Public Service. He was in Ghana working as part of a Canadian government program that helps other nations with civil service reforms.
According to an obituary published in the Ottawa Citizen, Prokopetz grew up in Humboldt, Sask. and later lived in Saskatoon and Ottawa. He also spent a short time in Washington, DC.
When he didn't arrive for the Jan. 30 meeting with his co-workers, they called hotel security, who entered his room and found him, said the family member.
"We think it's a heart attack," he said.
"It was said to be failure of the left ventricle," he added, noting that an official autopsy report hadn't yet been made available.
Prokopetz had travelled extensively as part of his job, having been to 40 different countries before going to Ghana.
Canada's International Trade Minister Ed Fast was in the West African country at the time on a trade mission, but both his the department and family say Prokopetz was not involved with that.
Consular officials in Accra, Ghana, were providing assistance to get more information about the death and to help repatriate Prokopetz's remains.
Prokopetz leaves behind his wife, Monique Eady, who could not be reached for comment.
With files from CTV Regina